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Provost & Vice-President (Academic)


David H. FarrarDavid H. Farrar is the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at McMaster University.

The Provost and Vice-President (Academic) is the senior Vice-President and Chief Academic Officer of the University. The Provost reports to the President and Vice-Chancellor and is accountable to the President and the Senate for the academic administration, planning and development of the University. The Provost provides vision and leadership for all of McMaster's academic activities including faculty recruitment, retention and promotion; attracting and retaining excellent students; enrolment management; graduate and undergraduate program development and assessment; student life, library resources; and strategic planning, including oversight of the academic budget and space allocation. The Provost is responsible for fostering an environment that promotes equity and inclusion and where creativity, scholarship, research and teaching excellence can flourish and where students and faculty members can excel.

The Provost serves as Vice-Chair Senate, is a member of the Board of Governors, and a member of key committees of these two governing bodies. The Provost is also a member of the President's Executive and, as the senior Vice-President, assists the President in co-ordinating the work of the Vice-President (Research), the Vice-President (Administration), the Dean and Vice-President (Health Sciences) and the Vice-President (University Advancement).

Dr. Farrar has held several roles in University senior administration. From 2007 to 2015, he served as the Provost and Vice-President Academic at the University of British Colombia (UBC). During university presidential transition at UBC from 2015 to 2016, he served first as Advisor to the Interim President and then as Interim President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC.

Dr. Farrar came to UBC from the University of Toronto where he served as Deputy-Provost and Vice-Provost Students with responsibility for all central enrolment, student affairs and student service activities.

Dr. Farrar received his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Toronto, and his doctorate from the University of Western Ontario. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge and a faculty member at the University of Toronto for 26 years. He has authored or co-authored over 80 technical papers, holds five patents, and has supervised more than 25 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Farrar has served on several Boards.


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